Mats Gustafsson: Saxophones, electronics, fender Rhodes Johan Berthling: Double bass and el. bass, el. guitar, Hammond organ Andreas Werliin: Drums and percussion We are delighted to present the debut album from this excellent Swedish trio, something of a supergroup with members from already wellknown quarters. And they don't sound anything like the groups they are normally associated with, which is exactly the way it should be. With their hypnotic, psychedelic jazz of sorts they don't sound like much else at all come to think of it. Sax player, improviser and composer Mats Gustafsson was born in Umeå in 1964.
Possibly most know from powerjazztrio The Thing, he has also played more than 1500 concerts and participated on around 150 records with musicians like Peter Brötzmann, Sonic Youth, Merzbow, Jim O'Rourke, Barry Guy, Otomo Yoshihide, Ken Vandermark, Hamid Drake, Derek Bailey, Evan Parker, Joe McPhee and a host of others simply too many to mention here. Johan Berthling was born in Stockholm 1973.
After studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Stockholm he has worked freelance with jazz, improvised music and more. He is a founder member of the great trio Tape and founded Häpna, one of our favourite labels. Among his current other groups are Animes with David Stackenäs and Raymond Strid and Sten Sandell Trio with pianist Sten Sandell and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love.
Andreas Werliin, drummer extraordinaire in Wildbirds & Peacedrums, studied improvisation at the University of Gothenburg. He formed the W & P duo with another student of music, Mariam Wallentin, and they have subsequently released two acclaimed albums of modern bluesy folk music with Heartcore and The Snake and toured extensively in Europe. The CD edition includes a 16 page colour booklet, as always masterly and beautifully designed and assembled by Kim Hiorthøy.
1. If I Took Your Hand...
2. But Sometimes I Am
3. Can I Hold You For A Minute?
4. You Liked Me Five Minutes Ago